Julie A. Sina, Ph.D.  

Associate Vice Chancellor

Email | Phone: 310-206-8962

Julie Sina formally and officially became UCLA’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs in December 2013 after serving in an interim capacity since February of that year, during which, she demonstrated remarkable leadership skills that allowed for a creative and concerted transformation of the entire Alumni program. In partnership with the UCLA Alumni Association Board, Julie has overseen the adoption of a new alumni engagement model that has refocused alumni activity around regional and international work, young alumni involvement, attention to affinity and diversity networks, the continuum from student recruitment to career development and closer ties to alumni efforts in the professional schools and College. Members of the search committee were uniformly impressed with Julie’s dynamic vision for alumni connectivity – both within the campus and with one another. It should come as no surprise that Julie’s long and deep career in Student Affairs and Board leadership prior to her arrival at UCLA evolves naturally into the realm of alumni engagement and Association partnership. Indeed, Julie’s blue and gold spirit and true Bruin values, coupled with her special talent for aligning many moving parts within a common vision made her the standout candidate. Julie served as Chief of Staff supporting the deans and the College prior to joining External Affairs.

In addition to Alumni Affairs, Julie leads the Advancement Services division and serves as C.F.O. for the UCLA Foundation and UCLA Investment Company.

Julie earned her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and in addition to Virginia Tech has served the University of Florida, University of the Pacific, Iowa State and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Kayla Albano  

Associate Director, Student Alumni Programs & Family Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-825-6978

Kayla is a Southern California native, holding a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton, and an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Before joining the Parent and Family Programs team at UCLA Kayla worked as an assistant community director at Michigan State University, and more recently as a resident director at Loyola Marymount University, through which she has worked peripherally with the parent and family population.

 As a student affairs educator, Kayla strives to empower students with the knowledge and tools necessary to realize their full potential, and believes partnerships with students’ families are imperative to this growth. As such, Kayla has also actively pursued opportunities to work with families directly working as a parent program intern at Johnson and Wales University and researching opportunities to develop parent and family programs at Michigan State University.

Christel Aragon  

Director, Alumni Travel

Christel AragonEmail | Phone: 310-825-3983

Christel Aragon joined UCLA Alumni Travel in 1994 and assumed the position of Director of Travel in 1999. UCLA Alumni Travel offers 50 educational tours serving approximately 1,000 travelers annually. Christel strongly believes in lifelong learning through travel, and is persistently searching for ways to make the offerings more educational, unique and a good fit for UCLA’s alumni, family and friends. UCLA faculty are featured on more than 50 percent of the tour offerings. She is a member of the Educational Travel Community Executive Advisory Council, and is considered a leader in the non-profits for travel industry.

Christel was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and she has more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry.

Brandie Barrera ’97  

Senior Director, Social Media & Membership

Email | Phone: 310-825-8657

Alyson Beckman  

Director, Strategic Planning

Email | Phone: 310-560-7639

Joseph Blancas ’14  

Assistant Director, Alumni Career Engagement

Joseph Blancas
Email | Phone: (310) 206-8968

Joseph Blancas serves as an assistant director for the Alumni Career Engagement team, which focuses on the development and implementation of large-and small-scale career programs for alumni and students. He currently oversees programs, such as the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program, the Career Coaches webinar series and other niche professional development programs and initiatives for alumni. Joseph also serves as the staff liaison for our Bruin Professionals network. His prior experience at UCLA Alumni Affairs includes providing administrative and general programmatic support for the UCLA Spirit Squad and the Student Alumni Association.

Joseph earned a bachelor of arts degree in gender studies from UCLA in 2014. During his time at UCLA, he served three years on UCLA’s Spirit Squad. Joseph also served on the Spirit Squad’s student leadership team, as the Mascot Coordinator, Junior Spirit Squad coach, Special Events Program Assistant and Cheer Squad Captain.

Aaron Brin  

Program Coordinator, Alumni Travel

Email | Phone: 310-825-8318

Alexandra Brown  

Senior Director, Student Alumni Programs & Family Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-983-1293

George Brown, III  

Director, Student Alumni Programs & Family Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-206-0622

Claudia Catalan  

Business Development

Email Phone: 424-365-0778

Christian Chavez ’13  

Director, Alumni Career Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-429-5686

Gerald Corporal, M.A.  

Director, Alumni Career Engagement

Email Phone: 310-405-1992

Anthony Cube  

Director, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Email | Phone: 310-206-0410

Anthony Cube is Director of Alumni Marketing and Communications. He is the chief editor for the all-alumni e-newsletter Connect@UCLA, and responsible for student and young alumni marketing in addition to alumni career programs, sponsorships and volunteer opportunity communications.

Prior to joining UCLA, Cube worked for the Josephson Institute of Ethics as an educational programs manager. He was responsible for coordinating and marketing nationwide training seminars for a character education program called CHARACTER COUNTS!

Cube graduated from University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Melissa DeGravelles ’10  

Coordinator, Alumni Career Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-825-8318

Estellaleigh Franenberg  

Senior Director, Alumni Marketing & Creative Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-794-5189

Estellaleigh Franenberg joined UCLA Alumni Affairs in June 2000 as member services manager specializing in high-level customer service, campus and community relations, and volunteer recruitment. She credits those daily interactions with constituent audiences for invaluable insights into the rich diversity of experience and thought within UCLA. That, combined with a strong background in creative and journalistic writing, informed Franenberg’s work when in 2007 she became a Director of Marketing and Communications, managing the marketing for affinity, professional and regional networks, special projects and campus partnerships.

Promoted to Creative Director in 2014, her title changed to Senior Director of Alumni Marketing & Creative Engagement in 2019. In addition to the aforementioned duties, Franenberg now also supervises the marketing team and collaborates with University Communications and Advancement Services to deploy new business intelligence. She manages the development of integrated and innovative strategies to disseminate event, program and university news to alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and other partners and stakeholders to increase university engagement, participation and philanthropy. Franenberg is also honored to be a certified reader for UCLA Admission.

Franenberg has participated in the UCLA Professional Development Program, True Blue Toastmasters, the Inaugural AMG (Administrative Management Group) ProShare initiative and earned UCLA’s Management Development Certificate. Early in her career she participated in UCLA’s prestigious Management Skills Assessment Program and returned to the program as an assessor to help guide talented managers within the UC system in 2019. She has received numerous merit-based recognitions including an External Affairs Achievement Award for exceptional leadership. In 2019 her original idea for Alumni Day Online, which engaged thousands of Bruins at one time in a specially created website, won the top national and international award in its category from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She is a proud Aztec, having earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from San Diego State University. Franenberg is an equally proud Life Member of the UCLA Alumni Association.

Megan Friedlander ’12  

Assistant Director, Alumni Finance & Business Development

Email | Phone: 310-206-8968

Carolynn Grainger, M.A.  

Associate Director, Alumni Career Engagement

Anna Hamilton  

Program Coordinator

Email | Phone: 310-206-6974

Hon Hoang  

Digital Production Specialist

Lea Howe  

CFO, Alumni Association

Email | Phone: 310-794-1134

Sandra Hwang  

Executive Assistant

Email | Phone: 310-794-7526

Gloria Ko ’06, M.Ed. ’07  

Senior Director, Alumni Career Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-206-0523

Gloria Ko serves as the senior director for Alumni Career Engagement leading career initiatives for alumni and students. She and her team aim to engage all alumni in meaningful ways to further and add value to the UCLA degree in the workplace. She currently oversees programs, such as Partnership UCLA /Alumni Career Programs, Alumni Mentor Program, UCLAONE and other career and professional development programming. Her prior experience at UCLA Alumni Affairs includes leading Young Alumni Engagement and the Student Alumni Association.

Gloria serves on the board of directors for the CASE District VII Board. She is also an active member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and has served on faculties for the Young Alumni and Student Engagement Institute. Gloria graduated in 2006 with a bachelors in communication studies and in 2007 with a M.Ed. in counseling in student affairs.

Haley Krakoski  

Director, Regional Networks

Email | Phone: 310-339-8683

Haley Krakoski supports various regional alumni networks, such as Bay Cities, Central Valley, Conejo Valley, Hawaii, Rose Bowl Bruins as well as networks in Asia. In her role, she works with alumni leaders around the world to connect and engage Bruins through a variety of community service, social and networking events.

Prior to joining Alumni Affairs, Haley worked as a community relations manager at the LA Galaxy Foundation. 

Haley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and was a Division I All-American student-athlete in swimming. 

Nikolai Laba  

Art Director, Alumni Marketing & Communication

Email | Phone:

Laneisha Lockridge  

Program Coordinator

Email | Phone: 310-983-1291

Kathleen Ly  

Director, Alumni Membership & Marketing

Email | Phone: 310-983-3527

Karen M. McClain ’85  

Senior Director, Government and Community Relations and Alumni Affairs

Email | Phone: 310-825-4853

Karen McClain came to Alumni Affairs with more than 27 years of previous experience in accounting and finance. Her strengths include the ability to apply accounting, finance and business information to analyze administrative and financial operations, and skill assessing organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Previously, McClain was a credit union examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Prior to joining NCUA, she held various positions in the credit union industry including controller, vice president of finance and chief executive officer.

A graduate of UCLA, McClain holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Nancy Mendez  

Senior Director, Finance

Email Phone: 310-267-1825

Daniela Messarina  

Marketing Manager, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Email | Phone: 310-206-4376

Daniela serves as a marketing manager for the alumni marketing and communications department. She provides marketing support for various alumni groups and works closely with in-house clients assisting with email marketing communication, copywriting and creating general design concepts.

Prior to joining UCLA, Daniela worked in television production for three years, starting as a production assistant and eventually being promoted to associate producer in content licensing. Her experience working in a high-pressure newsroom environment prepared her to master creative content for audiences and work closely with some of the world’s largest celebrity content agencies.

In 2014, she received a bachelor’s degree in media studies with a minor in Chicano/Latino studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Marlow McCurdy  

Finance Operations Manager

Email Phone: 310-794-8699

Sara Mosgrove ’18  

Program Coordinator, Alumni Career Engagement

Sandy Nguyen ’10  

Director, Strategic Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-794-3437

Sandy Nguyen graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology.  Since September 2013, she has served as the Assistant Director for UCLA Young Alumni Engagement, focusing on providing support services, events, outreach and a customized experience for UCLA’s young alumni. Prior to joining the Young Alumni and Student Engagement team, Nguyen worked with the UCLA Parent and Family Programs team as a program coordinator.

Janette Palacios ’98, M.A. ’01  

Director, Affinity Networks

Email | Phone: 310-486-2715

As director of Affinity Networks, Janette Palacios engages with UCLA’s “legacy” groups (Affiliates of UCLA, Gold Shield Alumnae and Prytaneans), and student activity-based groups (Alumni Band, Daily Bruin Alumni Network, First Gen Alumni Network, Transfer Student Alumni Network and Veterans’ Alumni Network (VetNet)), among other campus-based entities. She also supports the Beachside, Southeast Los Angeles, and Whittier regional networks.

Prior to joining Alumni Affairs, Janette worked for the City of Alhambra where she was a project manager for over 15 years.  Janette was also the president of the UCLA Latino Alumni Association and was a founding member of the UCLA Alumni Beachside Network.

Janette is a double Bruin, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a specialization in Chicana and Chicano Studies and a master’s degree in urban planning.

Suz Park ’10  

Assistant Director, Alumni Travel

Email | Phone: 310-825-3148

As the Assistant Director of Alumni Travel, Suz Park processes and coordinates travel for more than 50 different tours around the world, provides administrative and financial support, and is in the process of developing a young alumni travel program. Previously, she was the travel coordinator with Alumni Travel. In that role Park coordinated bookings and confirmation packets for nearly 1,000 travelers annually. She also managed the Via Tour travel database, evaluations, host and faculty expenditures, and pre-departure meeting logistics. Park has served as a tour director on in-house cultural programs and is familiar with a majority of the tour offerings. Prior to her work with Alumni Travel, she was a teacher with Teach for America, serving in the South Central community of Los Angeles.

Park is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in education. As a student, she was a member of the Student Alumni Association for three years and served on the board of directors during her senior year.

Amanda Raymond, M.A.  

Associate Director, Partnership UCLA / Alumni Career Programs

Email Phone: 310-487-9915

Stephanie Roberts  

Finance Coordinator

Email | Phone: 310-206-3798

As Finance Coordinator, Stephanie provides programmatic support to UCLA’s 11 professional schools, nine “legacy” groups and several student activity based groups. Stephanie came to Alumni Affairs with more than 28 years of university experience providing executive and budget support to several departments on campus. Most recently, she spent 17 years in Government & Community Relations, providing administrative, budget and programmatic support to the assistant vice chancellor.

Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach.

Sergio Roman  

Member Services Coordinator

Email | Phone:

Cory Rosas ’16  

Program Coordinator

Amy Rueda  

Senior Executive Director, Professional Programs & Services

Email | Phone:

Christina Ruiz ’05  

Associate Director, Student Alumni Programs & Family Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-825-9661

Christina Ruiz is the Internship Specialist with Partnership UCLA and the Career Center. Her role is designed to enhance collaborative efforts between Partnership UCLA and the Career Center. Ruiz’s role involves working with the UCLA College/Sharpe Fellows Program, which helps connect students with top internship opportunities, and working directly with alumni as employers who are looking to recruit top UCLA talent. Her work advances the internship and experiential needs of all UCLA students and focuses on the top industries of interest to students and Alumni.

Before joining the Alumni Affairs team, Ruiz spent ten years serving in progressive roles within the UCLA Career Center, coordinating recruitment events, leading training for their customer service team, and managing a major revenue program through UCLA’s Letter of Reference and Credentials service.

Ruiz holds a B.A. in psychology from UCLA.

Danielle Sork ’17  

Program Coordinator, Regional Networks & Future Bruin Initiatives

Email | Phone: 310-569-3421

Danielle Sork serves as a program coordinator for Regional Networks and Future Bruin Initiatives. Sork joined Alumni Affairs in 2013 as a student worker, at the very beginning of her time at UCLA. After graduating in 2017 with a bachelor of arts in African & Middle Eastern studies and a minor in global health, she joined the Alumni Affairs team fulltime. She is not only proud to remain at UCLA but even more proud to remain a member of the Alumni Affairs team.

Jacob Sproul  

Director, Regional Networks & Future Bruin Initiatives

Email | Phone: 310-869-8727

Jacob Sproul supports various alumni networks such as Boston, Channel Islands, Chicago, Inland Empire, Michigan, New York, Orange County and Washington D.C., as well as other emerging networks. In his role, he works with alumni leaders around the nation to connect and engage Bruins through a variety of community service, social and networking events.

In addition, Jacob also supports the Future Bruin Initiatives program, which strives to provide meaningful engagement opportunities for alumni world-wide to interact with prospective, admitted and incoming students, while also building a positive community for all members of the Bruin family. This includes all incoming and current students, parents, alumni and other UCLA supporters.

Sproul has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration & Leadership from University of the Pacific.

David Sun  

Associate Director, Diversity Programs

Email | Phone: 310-206-0483

David Sun is currently the Associate Director of Diversity Programs. Sun’s research and experience in higher education has included many capacities focused on diversity and inclusion, particularly in areas of equity and access for underrepresented students in higher education. Prior to this role, he oversaw a living learning community focused on multiculturalism that examined both identity development and the phenomenon of intersectionality at Cornell University.

Sun received his Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Resources Management from Rutgers University.

Nick Todd ’85, M.A. ’87  

Senior Programmer / Analyst

Email | Phone: 310-794-6229

Greg Turk ‘83  

Alumni Events and Building Coordinator

Teresa Valenzuela ’94  

Director, Social Media

Email | Phone: 310-267-1917

Teresa Valenzuela is director of the UCLA Alumni Association’s social media with more than 23 years of professional experience in student affairs, student services, alumni outreach and communications.
As part of the team, Teresa interacts with alumni, students, parents and friends of UCLA on alumni social media channels through posts, outreach and engagement campaigns.
Teresa’s areas of expertise include outreach and engagement, volunteer management, event coordination, communications, and social and digital media management.
She is a member of the Prytanean Alumnae Association and Gold Shield Alumnae. She is former president of the Latino Staff and Faculty Association and an active volunteer with UCLA Staff Assembly.
Teresa earned her bachelor of arts degree in English literature and Spanish literature at UCLA, a master of arts degree in human development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and received a certificate in print journalism from UCLA Extension

Loren Vevaina ’16  

Director, Regional Networks

Loren Vevaina headshot
Email | Phone: 323-380-8344

Loren Vevaina supports various alumni networks such as Arizona, Colorado, Downtown Los Angeles, Monterey, San Fernando Valley, San Francisco, Silicon Beach, Texas and Westside Los Angeles, as well as other emerging networks. In her role, she works with alumni leaders around the nation to connect and engage Bruins through a variety of community service, social and networking events.

Prior to joining Alumni Affairs, Loren worked at the UCLA School of Law. She served as president of the UCLA Westside Alumni Network and as a regional partnerships committee member of the UCLA Young Alumni Development Council.

Loren graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology and a minor in education.

Katie Ward  

Director of Strategic Outreach and Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-905-7816

Kristine Werlinich  

Senior Director, Regional Networks, Affinity Networks, & Future Bruin Initiatives

Email | Phone: 310-562-9403

Kristine Werlinich, Senior Director of Regional Networks, Affinity Networks and Future Bruin Initiatives, is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of UCLA Alumni’s regional programs. Leading the outreach to alumni around the world, she and her team work closely with the regional networks, clubs and chapters to engage alumni in regions from Los Angeles, to New York and Beijing, and everywhere in between.

The regional team works in partnership with the various networks to create activities in their regions that include networking events, panel discussions, game watching parties and hikes, just to name a few. The team is always looking for alumni to help start new networks and groups around the world. Please contact Werlinich if you are interested in getting involved.

Prior to joining UCLA Alumni Affairs in October 2013, Werlinich was the director of alumni relations at the UCLA School of Law for 13 years. While at the law school, she built a robust alumni engagement model by developing a celebrated reunion program, working with career services on a mentor program, and creating regional groups and partnerships between the law school and the campus community.

Werlinich is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in journalism and Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s in public management. She is a past president of Carnegie Mellon’s Los Angeles alumni chapter and a former member of Carnegie Mellon’s alumni board of directors.

Brian Woo ’20  

Program Coordinator, Regional Networks & Future Bruin Initiatives

Email | Phone: 310-469-1075

As program coordinator, Brian provides administrative and general programmatic support for the Regional Networks and Future Bruin Initiatives teams. The Regional Networks team strives to connect and engage Bruins through a variety of community service, social and networking events. The Future Bruin Initiatives team strives to provide meaningful engagement opportunities for alumni world-wide to interact with prospective, admitted and incoming students, while also building a positive community for all members of the Bruin family.

Brian earned a bachelor of science degree in Biology from UCLA.

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